Health and Wellbeing.
At Forge Valley School, we take the physical and mental well being of our pupils and staff very seriously. We have therefore put together some useful information and websites for you to use and read.
This site is all about helping you to help your friends who might be struggling to cope emotionally.
We’re leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.
Sheffield Young Carers
Support and information for young people who have a carer’s role who are aged 8-25 year olds.
National Self Harm Network
National self-harm network; advice, information, distractions techniques adolescents.
Whether you are experiencing mental health issues, you are worried about someone else, or you are interested in how to stay mentally healthy, there are lots of different ways you can look after your mental health and find support.
Children & Young People’s Empowerment Project
The Children and Young People’s Empowerment Project is a charity dedicated to raising the voices of young people and giving them the confidence, influence and platform to shape their world.
If you would like support and advice, you can talk to one of our Family Support Workers by calling our confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222. You can also share experiences and advice with other parents on our Forums. Family Lives is here for you and you can contact us about any family issue, big or small.
Calm Harm App
Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password, and personalise the app if you so wish. You will be able to track your progress and notice change.
Young DeafHope is a unique project working with young Deaf people of eleven years and older, to raise awareness of abuse and domestic violence. Our aim is to help young people change or avoid abusive behaviour, and to help them to have healthy relationships and stay safe.
Kooth.com is an online counselling and support service which is now available to all young people in Sheffield aged 11-18 years and to those who are leaving the care system up to 25. It is a safe, confidential and anonymous way for young people to access emotional wellbeing and early intervention mental health and support.
Papyrus-uk.org is a confidential support and advice to young people struggling with thoughts of suicide, and anyone worried about a young person through their helpline,
Hub of Hope
The Hub of Hope is the world’s first of its kind mental health database bringing grassroots and national mental health services together in one place for the first time ever.
Using the location of web browser or mobile devices, the cloud-based web application allows anyone, anywhere to find the nearest source of support for any mental health issue, from depression and anxiety to PTSD and suicidal thoughts, as well as providing a ‘talk now’ button connecting users directly to the Samaritans.
It is currently the biggest and most comprehensive resource of its kind, with more than 1,200 validated support networks already registered on the web app and this number increasing each day. It has been endorsed by the Samaritans and 25 other national mental health support organisations and trusts.
Supporting Your Child During Exam Time (Young Minds)
As we start to move towards exam season, Young Minds have launched advice for parents about supporting their children.
You can find out more here: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-guide-to-support-a-z/parents-guide-to-support-exam-time
Sheffield Flourish have now launched the Sheffield Suicide Support website, which is available here
Who is our school counsellor?
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, I am Elaine Lindley and the School Counsellor at Forge Valley School. I have 15 years’ experience of counselling in schools.
I trained in Integrative Counselling at Leeds University, and I am registered with the BACP. I then did a Post Graduate Diploma to work with children and young people, which I did in Manchester. I wanted to have a variety of “tools” in my “tool bag” to meet the different and often complex needs of young people.
Working creatively has proved successful, and I now offer up to 20 or so activities which include: sand, clay, painting, drawing & colouring, teddy-bears, Lego etc. The pupils decide / choose each session, however they can just talk if they prefer. The number of sessions varies depending on need, on average 6-8 works for minor concerns, but more deep- rooted issues can take longer, the pupil and I decide this together.
Elaine Lindley MBACP.
Why do we have a counselling service?
At Forge Valley School, we understand the pressures that young people can face as they grow and develop. We see the counselling service as a way of helping young people to build their resilience to manage these pressures both inside school and in their personal lives.
We offer counselling to make a service as accessible as possible to our pupils to help support their emotional health and wellbeing.
How can Counselling help?
The counselling service is a way to offer young people the opportunity to talk about things that are concerning them. Our school counsellor is extremely experienced in working with young people and listening to them in a non-judgmental way, offering them the opportunity to think about their concerns in a different way and find ways to support themselves.
Young people can talk to the school counsellor about a variety of issues including stress, anxiety, depression, bullying, self-harm, low self-esteem, bereavement, relationship issues, friends or family issues for example.
Is the service confidential?
The school counsellor will not discuss what a child has said to them in the sessions unless there are concerns that the young person is at risk of significant harm.
In these circumstances the school counsellor will speak to appropriate staff in school and possible outside organisations to ensure that the young person is safe.
Will I be informed if by child receives counselling?
Children may ask for counselling and if they are capable of fully understanding what is involved, may be offered support without the permission of a parent/carer.
This is to ensure that a relationship of trust can be built so that the young person can feel confident to speak openly and freely about their concerns.
The school counsellor will always encourage a young person to talk to their parent/carer when is appropriate to do so.
If you have strong feelings about this as a parent/carer, please let us know.
How is the counselling service accessed?
The counselling service can be accessed by a request from a parent/carer, staff member or by a self-referral from a young person.
Counselling is completely voluntary and a young person will never be expected to take part if they do not consent to do so.
Where does counselling take place?
Sessions take place on a one-to-one basis with the school counsellor in a private room. Sessions usually last between 45 minutes to an hour. Sessions will be offered based on the individual needs of the young person.
What is the cost?
The cost of the service is free to pupils at Forge Valley School.